Stevie Wonder to be honored by Apollo Theater

    The Apollo Theater is giving music icon Stevie Wonder his due by inducting him into its Hall of Fame next week.

    Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame June 13, at Apollo Theater’s Sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert.

    Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Schaffer, and Chick Corea, and other special guests are set to perform during the evening dedicated to Stevie’s legacy as an artist and philanthropist. Former Showtime at the Apollo host and celebrated comedian, Sinbad, will also return to host this important night in music.

    “In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn’t a person in my time up to now that didn’t want to be Stevie Wonder,” Sinbad said. “Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the years—as well as hosting ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ for two years—were milestones in my life.”

    And Stevie’s ties with the Apollo Theater goes back to 1962 when Little Stevie Wonder(his name at the time) made his first appearance there at the age of 12. Other notable Apollo appearances include the “Save the Apollo Concert” in the 80s and sold out solo concerts in 2005.

    Now in 2011, Stevie’s plaque will join other iconic performers’, including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Patti LaBelle and Quincy Jones on the Apollo Walk of Fame, under the Theater’s notable marquee, on 125th Street in Harlem.

    And you are invited to witness the wonderful induction. Tickets for the 2011 Spring Gala and after-party are on sale now. To purchase benefit tickets to the event, or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., email ApolloSpringGala@jksevents.com or call 212-380-8946.

    The benefit supports the preservation of the non-profit Theater’s legacy and current initiatives for emerging artists, and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.
     
    — Tiara Kennedy
     

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